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Arts and Entertainment

Silver Lake is Jubilicious with Ice Cream, Pancakes, Music, Shopping and Beer!

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The Silverlake Jubilee opened yesterday in the glare of bright sunshine and closed with cool breezes blowing in the twilight. Two stages on either end of the festival grounds played at a carefully adjusted volume so the music didn’t collide. The event was crowded enough that you often had to wind your way through, but it was not the inescapable crush of the Sunset Junction. In fact, it’s it was difficult not to compare the event to the much-maligned Junction.

The Jubilee, however, is actually more reminiscent of the Hollywood Farmers Market, with plenty of people, but no pushing and shoving. Perhaps the mellow vibe was due to the fact that the drinking is limited to fenced-in “beer gardens”.

The vendor booths sell the usual jewelry and vintage clothes, with a focus on handmade goods. Several nonprofit organizations and artistic collectives are represented, including Herd of Elephants, whose goal is to provide an avenue for developing artists. Farm Fresh to You is on hand to promote their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offering fresh farm-to-door organic produce.

There is a children’s village at the Jubilee with a temporary xeriscape garden. Various surprises are interspersed amongst the vendors. Yesterday an interactive musical loop machine had been set up, and drawings by children imagining their perfect neighborhood swung in the breeze on a clothesline.

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The promoters were savvy with their choice of food vendors, choosing mostly trucks which are extremely popular and need very little set-up. The ever-popular Dim Sum Truck, Buttermilk Truck, The Flying Pig, and Dosa Truck were joined by a dozen other trucks, including the unfortunately-named Mister Coolie Ice Cream Truck which had fantastic dipped cones.

So come on down today and enjoy the music, art and community from 10am to 10pm. The entrance fee is only $5 and profits go to charity. The Silver Lake Jubilee "is organized by the Los Angeles Arts and Athletics Alliance (LAAAA), a community-based organization founded to "support local arts and athletics programs, community organizations and other non-profits in the communities that LAAAA serves." Beneficiaries this year are 826LA, Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, and Dream Center.

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